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January 27, 2015 23:16 ET

Canadian Al Hancock on Track to Make a Name for Canadian Climbers

With 17 years of climbing experience, and numerous records achieved, Al Hancock is setting his sights to become the first Canadian to summit the world's 14 tallest peaks

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Jan. 27, 2015) -

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This year marks 17 years that Edmonton, Alberta resident Al Hancock has been climbing. Over that time he has proven himself a record maker and remarkable high altitude climber. He has successfully scaled 6 of the world's tallest mountains. This March, Hancock will be departing on his Big 14 Challenge. This challenge will take place over the next three years. His goal is to be the first Canadian to summit all 14 of the world's peaks over 8,000 metres.

The former journeyman millwright and oil sands maintenance supervisor has summited Mount Everest, the world's tallest peak, twice. In the spring of 2014, he made history, alongside a climbing colleague from Montreal, Quebec. They were the first Canadians to ascend the peak of Mount Makalu, which ranks 5th highest in the world. Hancock followed that up two months later with a successful climb of the extremely challenging K2, the world's second highest peak. This Edmonton based climber is on a roll. He has successfully scaled the seven summits - the tallest mountains on each continent - six of the world's tallest mountains, and over the next three years is on track to become the first Canadian ever to summit all 14.

The 14 peaks over 8000 meters are all located in Asia. 2 of these are found in Tibet, Nepal is home to 7, Pakistan 5. The highest is Everest at 8848 m and the lowest is Shishapangma at 8013 m.

The first 8000 m peak, Annapurna was climbed in 1950. This is the peak which Hancock will first head to in March, with the goal of being the first Canadian in history to summit.

The Big 14 Challenge will see opportunity for Hancock to set records on a continuous basis. The journey will be documented through his blog so many followers can experience the thrill with him. Currently Hancock is in the final preparation stage, and is still seeking sponsors and supporters to help make this challenge a reality. Much like an Olympic athlete preparing for the games, there are enormous training, travel and equipment costs. In order to fund the climbs Hancock actively seeks sponsorship, endorsements and also appears as a motivational speaker. In order to finally have a Canadian join the short list of the elite climbers that have accomplished climbing the 14 peaks, Hancock will need a lot of support from the community, province and nation.

Originally from Stephenville, Newfoundland, Hancock moved to northern Alberta at the age of 18 - like many Canadians - to seek employment in the oil sands. 17 years, many days in the oil patch, numerous bodybuilding titles, and more than 20 difficult expedition style summits later, he finds himself prepared to take on this adventure. More information on The Big 14 and Al Hancock can be found at

Al Hancock, Big 14 Challenge
- Al Hancock is one of Canada's premier high altitude climbers.
- Originally from Stephenville, Newfoundland
- Resident of Edmonton, Alberta
- 17 years climbing experience
- Summited Everest twice
- 1st Canadian to summit Mount Makalu, alongside a colleague from Montreal, Quebec
- 13th Canadian to complete The Seven Summits
- climbing highest peaks on each continent in the world
- Will depart March 15 to complete the Big 14 Challenge of summiting the worlds highest peaks
- Expect to complete the challenge within 3 years
8, 000 Metre Peaks (by elevation) Completed & Summit Date: To Be completed:
Mount Everest, 8,850 m
K2, 8,612 m Mount Everest, 2007 & 2010 Kangchenjunga
Kangchenjunga,8,586 m K2, 2014 Lhotse
Lhotse, 8,501 m Makalu, 2014 Dhaulagiri
Makalu, 8,462 m Cho Oyu, 2011 Naga Parbet
Cho Oyu, 8,201 m Manaslu, 2012 Annapurna
Dhaulagiri 8,167 m Shishapangma, 2011 Gasherbrum 1 (G1)
Manaslu, 8,156 m Broad Peak
Naga Parbet, 8,125 m Gasherbrum 2 (G2)
Annapurna, 8,091 m
Gasherbrum 1 (G1), 8,068 m
Broad Peak, 8,047 m
Gasherbrum 2 (G2), 8,035 m
Shishapangma, 8,013 m

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